Four out of 10 UK holidaymakers have lost, or had stolen, an item of value while on holiday, a study from Aviva insurance reveals.
A survey of 2,000 UK adults who have taken a break in the last two years found that 18% had lost an important personal possession while on holiday, while 17% had had something stolen. An unlucky 3% of holidaymakers had experienced both mishaps during their travels.
The average value of items lost or stolen on holiday in this study was £249, although one in five (19%) respondents who had seen possessions disappear said their item was worth more than £300.
Half of holidaymakers (50%) who had experienced losing items or having possessions stolen on holiday said they had claimed on home or travel insurance to help recoup their losses. However, 41% said they didn’t make a claim and one in 10 (9%) said they didn’t have insurance.
Simon Warsop, Chief Underwriting Office, Aviva General Insurance says: “Holidays are a time to relax and enjoy life away from home, but unfortunately this doesn’t mean people can let their guard down completely. Losing a possession or having one stolen can really spoil a trip, particularly if the item is costly or has particular sentimental value – and it can be quite the holiday headache if important documents such as tickets or passports go missing.
“Prevention is the key, so it really pays for people to be aware of their surroundings, keep an eye on their possessions and leave valuable items in a secure place such as a safe whenever possible. It’s also a great idea to have suitable cover in place, such as baggage cover within travel insurance or personal belongings as part of home contents cover. It’s better to be safe than sorry, but insurance can help to cover the cost and put matters right if items do go missing.”
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